Young Families Typically Leave Cities for the Suburbs. Here’s How to Keep Them Downtown.

Cities are losing families because families need bigger homes, while developers have every incentive to squeeze in as many small homes as possible, to maximize their profit per square foot. Unless cities step in, that’s what developers will keep doing. Urbanist Brent Toderian explains how Vancouver held onto its families. He says that there are three elements of family-friendly city design: bigger housing, amenities for families, and a safe, welcoming public realm. Read more... Read more

Public Benefit from Publicly Owned Parcels: Effective Practices in Affordable Housing Development

This research from Enterprise Community Partners identifies leading practices and recommendations for overcoming challenges to creating affordable housing and other community benefits through the publicly owned parcel development process. This research also provides a range of approaches and success stories for equitable publicly owned parcel development. Read report... Read more

Marijuana Growers Sow Displacement Fears in Denver

Since 2014, when recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, Denver’s arts community and other residents who rely on low rents have been feeling the economic pressure from marijuana entrepreneurs who are often after the same cheap spaces to sell and grow weed. The displacement pressure related to the marijuana boom is impacting all manner of Denverites, not just artists. Read more... Read more

How Transit-Oriented Development Can Provide Affordable Housing in Nashville

​ Nashville is growing by 100 new residents each day, crowding highways and housing markets. Concerns over affordable housing and transportation are at an all-time high. Fortunately, both housing and transportation are central components of NashvilleNext, the city government’s future development plan. Plentiful housing and a modern, high-volume transit represent two of the plan’s seven intersecting elements for comprehensively reshaping the city. Read more... Read more

Detroit’s DIY Cure for Urban Blight

​ Land banks are the Swiss Army knives of urban reclamation efforts, wielding an array of powers to make abandoned, tax-foreclosed properties useful again. They demolish unwanted houses, sell houses to new owners who’ll fix them up, sell vacant lots, and assemble land for future development. They’re an alternative to unloading tax-foreclosed land in highest-bidder auctions, which often attract irresponsible speculation. Recovering from bankruptcy, Detroit created the country’s largest land bank to transform a surplus of abandoned properties into livable,... Read more
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